The outgoing OSSREA-Uganda Chapter executive committee, represented by Dr. Godfrey Asiimwe, officially handed over to the new team yesterday, 3rdDecember, 2013. The function was presided over by the Principal of CHUSS, also patron of the Chapter, Prof. Edward K. Kirumira.
The new executive comprises of;
Dr Florence Asiimwe- Chairperson
Prof. Peter Atekyereza- Treasurer
Mr Steven Arojjo – Secretary
The Principal appreciated the outgoing team for strengthening the OSSREA relationship. He urged the new team to develop guidelines for the Chapter, reinvigorate the MAWAZO and to initiate more activities aimed at strengthening the Chapter. He also called for full involvement of other institutions in the activities of OSSREA-Uganda Chapter.
Dr Florence Asiimwe called for teamwork in the operations of the Chapter.
OSSREA (Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa) is a non-governmental and non-profit research network that was founded in 1980 in the town of Nazareth, Ethiopia, by a group of social scientists from Eastern Africa. The OSSREA constitution opens membership to social scientists in the following countries of Eastern and Southern Africa: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Institutional membership is open to all institutions, within or outside the region, engaged in the promotion of research in the social sciences in Africa.
Major objectives of OSSREA
- To encourage and promote interest in the study of and research in the social sciences in Eastern and Southern Africa
- To promote collaborative research and facilities for scholarly exchange of ideas and publications between individuals and institutions engaged in the study of and research in the social sciences
- To promote the training of African scholars in the study of and research in the social science and encourage the establishment of institutions dedicated to this goal
- To work in close cooperation with other individuals and institutions in Africa and elsewhere in the world engaged in the study of the social sciences
- To establish a special fund to be used for purposes of providing such research grants and training fellowships as are consistent with its objectives
- And to promote dialogue and interaction between social scientists and policy-makers in Eastern and Southern Africa with a view to enhancing the impact of social science research on policy-making and development planning